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.msnbc.com. >> thanks for having me on last hour. >>> thanks to you for staying with us for the next hour. this is the u.s. navy ship buil 1969. the uss mount whitney is a big command and control ship which essentially means it can oversee relyomexpetis at the mita iinlv i it was deployed to haiti, for example, in 1994 as the united states played a roll in ousting the military hunta that had taken over that country. eoiallia, hen john mccain said a alongside the georgians? it was the uss whitney deployed that georgia n part it went to. that's considered to be the most advanced command and control ship that the united states has ever floated. it is where the u.s. has bn running the libyan war out of. between the admiral and a u.s. army general, this is where they've been running the war in libya from. as of last night, the uss mount whitney we think is not going to be the headquarters for the libyan war. that war effort will now be run by nato. the no-fly zone part of it and the bombing gadhafi's ground troops part of it which they call something like protecting civilians. this ship named after the highest
for the next hour. this is the u.s. navy ship built in newport news, virginia, in 1969. the uss mount whitney is a big command and control ship which essentially means it can oversee really complex operations that the military is involved in. it was deployed to haiti, for example, in 1994 as the united states played a roll in ousting the military hunta that had taken over that country. remember when john mccain said today we are all georgians, when russia and the nation of georgia were having a war, and john mccain wanted us to start fighting russia alongside the georgians? it was the uss whitney deployed to bring humanitarian aid. it was the first ship to reach that georgia n part it went to. that's considered to be the most advanced command and control ship that the united states has ever floated. it is where the u.s. has been running the libyan war out of. between the admiral and a u.s. army general, this is where they've been running the war in libya from. as of last night, the uss mount whitney we think is not going to be the headquarters for the libyan war. that war effort will now be r
announcements about u.s. wars, about u.s. military interventions. some of them amounting to small wars, some amounting to very large wars. now that the united states has embarked on its latest new military intervention in libya, i would love to be able to show you the current president's oval office address on the subject, but there isn't one. president obama did make a public statement saturday afternoon that we had started that military intervention in libya, but did so from the confines of a convention center in brazil. eight years to the day that george w. bush stared unsteadily into the camera and announced the iraq invasion, president obama announced his own military intervention, but pointedly declined the opportunity to do it in a way that u.s. presidents usually do. president obama taking all sorts of criticism from the right over the past few days for not cancelling his trade visit to latin america as a result of this military action in libya. and the white house knew that criticism would come. their decision to go ahead with the trip anyway, to forego the chest thumping commander
there are people trying it. from tunisia to hosni mubarak, the great u.s. ally of three decades. to yemen, to worries about al qaeda and extremism in that area of the world. he is supposedly our ally against terrorism. even moammar gadhafi, most americans if they think of him at all think of him as a ridiculous cartoon villain. even he has recently been considered an ostensible american ally. whose planes the american military shot down in 1986. a man whose house ronald reagan shot a missile. even gadhafi was made into a supposed u.s. ally by the george call a diplomatic victory after the fiasco that was the fake weapons of mass destruction in iraq. it is hard enough to figure out how americans can best help out popular uprisings of people that want to determine their own future instead of living under a despot. that is hard enough. how do you figure it out when the despot in question is our despot. when he has enjoyed american support, american seal of approval? that's why there was this collective national stomach turning when we saw images of made in the usa tear gas cannisters thrown
that the military is involved in. the uss mt. whitney was deployed to haiti as the u.s. played a role in ousting the military junta that took over the country. remember when john mccain said today we are all georgians? that was when russia and the nation were having a war and john mccain wanted the u.s. to start fighting russia alongside the georgians? during that war it was the uss mt. whitney that was deployed to deliver aid in georgia and the first ship to reach the port that it went to. mt. whitney is considered the most advanced ship that the u.s. has floated. this is where the u.s. has been running the libyan war out of. between the ship's admiral and the u.s. attorney general, this is where the u.s. has been running the war in libya from. as of last night, the uss mt. whitney we think is not going to be the headquarters for the war anymore. that effort will now be run by nato. both the no-fly zone part and the bombing ground troops part which they call like protecting civilians. the uss mt. whitney named after the highest peak will no longer be the place where from which it is run. does t
. look. it appears to be number four that drove the u.s. government to dramatically break with the japanese government today, to start giving its own american assessment of what is going on at this reactor and these reactors instead of repeating what the japanese were saying. it is number four, or at least it appears to be the number four reactor that led the u.s. government to say that u.s. citizens should evacuate from an area around the reactor that is larger than what the japanese government has suggested. here is what's going on at reactor four. reactor four reportedly contains 130 tons of spent fuel. there's a reactor there. that was off when the quake happened. but it is still there. there's the reactor there, that was off. that's presumably cool shut down. then the spent fuel pool. 130 tons of spent fuel in that pool. for reference, that's about 28% less fuel than what blew up at chernobyl. the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission reportedly has its own experts on site at daiichi. even though japan is not saying this, american nuclear authorities, our nuclear regulat
the opportunity to do that in a way that u.s. presidents usually do. president obama taking all sorts of criticism from the right for not cancelling his trade visit to latin america as a result of this military action in libya. the white house knew that criticism would come. their decision to go ahead with the trip and forego the chest-thumping commander in chief theater at the start of a military convention, that is a fascinating and blunt demonstration of how much this presidency is not like that of george w. bush. do you remember when george w. bush campaigned for president by saying he wanted america to have a humble foreign policy? candidates for president love to say stuff like that. >> i don't think it's a role of the united states to walk into a country and say we do it this way, so should you. >> the united states must be humble and proud of our values, but humble in figure out how to chart their course. >> candidates say stuff like that when they are running because americans like that idea. americans like to vote for the idea. we like that kind of talk and we expect it from candidates.
of american commitment to the war and how much the u.s. is willing to devote to that war in terms of money and time and equipment and man power and risk. in terms of america's lead military role in the war thus far, the obama administration has been saying from the start that the u.s. would hand that off in a matter of days, not weeks. 11 days ago in a meeting with congressional leaders, president obama reportedly assured members of congress that the handover would be, and i quote, in days, and not weeks. defense secretary bob gates echoed that time line on board a military plane a few days later to moscow. >> we expect in a matter of days to be able to turn over the primary responsibility to others. we will continue to support the coalition. we will be a member of the coalition, a military role in the coalition, but we will not have the preeminent role. >> in a matter of days, we will not have the preeminent role. that was over a week ago. fast forward to sunday night when nato supreme allied commander in europe posted this update on facebook, yes, seriously, a facebook update. he said, q
and afghanistan back in 2001? "t tesgo o oitwa i rorngonhto y no. first in afghanistan, the cia worked with u.s. military forces on the ground in afghanistan. in libya, the u.s. is still ruling out ground troops. so far in libya, the u.s. is not saying we are doing that. the u.s. is not saying we are arming the rebels, but as i understand it, this presidential finding if it has happened would be the kind of instrument that president obama would use to authorize something like arming the rebels. again, i am not totally clear on what the presidential finding would mean if there is one, and since we don't know for a fact there definitely was one, it is hard to say exactly what its terms are. that's one of the things we are going to try to figure out with michael isikoff from nbc in a moment. what we know about the legality of this, presidential findings have been around for decades, presidents using them for covert operations have to notify the top democrat and republican in the house and senate, as well as top democrat and republican on the intelligence committees in both the house and the senate
or airplanes. he stressed the u.s. is diplomatically supporting the no-fly zone, not the enforcement itself. no american troops on the ground, no american planes, no enforcement itself, that's what we know. what we don't know is a lot bigger. joining us now, eugene robinson, pulitzer prize winning columnist for "the washington post." thanks for being here. >> good evening, chris. >> what do you make of president obama's remarks on libya today? are we now at war? was that the communication? even coming away from it, i had a hard time answering that question for myself. >> when i heard the president's speech, i thought gee, we might be, and here is why. he said very clearly that as far as he's concerned and the united states is concerned, gadhafi has lost the legitimacy to lead. he forfeited the right to be president of libya, and he set these demands, gadhafi has to stop, he has to withdraw, these are not negotiable and there will be consequences. so that to me says we are going to use force to make gadhafi do what we want him to do. >> and of course, if he doesn't do what we want him to do,
. or remember this, the northern islands, u.s. commonwealth, a helpful map, look, it is a dot. the u.s. government did an investigation into working conditions there, and found that sweatshop workers there were not only working in sweatshop conditions, they were forced into prostitution. they were forced to have abortions. so maybe stuff being manufactured under those conditions, forced abortions, maybe the stuff of corporations shouldn't carry the made in the usa label. maybe they haven't earned that. in the mid 1990s, jack abramoff took on the northern mariana islands as a client and put tim phillips and ralph reed on the case. they got them to lobby their member of congress in favor of forced abortion, forced prostitution sweatshop on the grounds that the chinese laborers were being introduced to jesus while they were there. presumably, that was between the forced abortions and forced prostitution. i asked him about it when we had him on the show in 2009. his answer was essentially, you know, that was a really long time ago. may have been a long time ago. dude still has the same bas
to you at home for staying with us for the next hour as well. the u.s. handed over military operations in libya to nato today, sort of. the president of yemen offered to step down today, sort of. the government of canada was toled today, srt f, and pastte ecuin much larger area around the busted nuclear reactors today, sort of. it was a day of huge headlines, with equally huge devils in the details of all of these big stories. but we're going to start with u.s. politics, where we don't really do details. we tend to like things blunt and simple. case in point. there is a magic word in washington politics. the well earned common wisdom about this word is that if you attach this special magic word to a proposal to something the government could spend money on, doesn't matter how bad an idea it is, how many smart people think it is a stupid thing, if it has this magic word attached to it, it becomes politically invincible, can't be killed. the magic word is defense. and it is well earned common wisdom in washington that any spending that is labeled "defense" is pretty much untouchable spen
regulatory commission making the announcement that preceded the u.s. government saying that we think people should evacuate a region even larger than japan had suggested. it's a short statement that he makes here. i'm just going to play it one more time for emphasis. >> we believe that radiation levels are extremely high, which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures. >> which could possibly impact -- which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures. here's how "the new york times" explained why that is so important, why i think that sound bite was important enough to play twice. i think they said this exactly right, and it's really important. "if the american analysis is accurate and emergency crews at the plant have been unable to keep the spent fuel at that inoperative reactor properly cooled, radiation levels could make if difficult not only to fix the problem at reactor number 4 but to keep servicing any of the other problem reactors at the plant. in the worst case, experts say, workers could be forced to vacate the plant altogether, and the fue
to maximize casino profits from the clients or there was the ilans things. the u.s. common wealth. that's a helpful map. it's a dot. the u.s. government did an investigation into working continues there and found that sweat shop workers were working in sweat shop conditions, but being forced into prostitution. forced to have abortions. maybe being manufactured under the conditions. forced abortions? maybe they should not carry the made newscast usa label. maybe they have not earned that. jack took on the islands as a client and then put ralph reed and tim phillips on the case. the marketing company got christians from alabama to lobby their member of congress in favor of the forced abortion and forced prostitution sweat shop on the grounds that the chinese laborers were being introduced to jesus while they were there. presumably in between the forced abortions and forced prostitution. i asked about that when he had him here on the show in 2009. his answer was essentially, that was a long time ago. it may have been a long time ago, but he still has the same basic job. he doesn't work for
hurdle to make it harder for students to vote. the u.s. supreme court has affirmed that if you are living somewhere to attend college there you can vote there. but that doesn't mean republicans have to make it easy. so no student i.d.s. in new hampshire republicans are trying the same deal. >> the kids coming out of the school and basically doing what i did when i was a kid, voting as a liberal. you know, that's what kids do. they don't have life experience and they just vote their feelings. >> stupid kids. that new hampshire republican legislator there has introduced legislation that would only let college students vote in their college towns if they or their parents had previously established permanent residency there. another new hampshire bill would end election day registration, which would disproportionately impact first-time voters and young voters, who, again, are more likely to vote democratic. over in texas they're dealing with a massive $27 billion budget deficit. in order to deal with that state's disastrous budget emergency, republican governor rick perry has introduced five
to guard the u.s. embassy in kabul. they found a really novel way to spend down time, dancing naked, some in coconut bras ears to celebrate the challenge out of reaching vodka out of hard to reach faces in the rear facing portion of one another's naked bodies. as my grandmother may have put it if she were still watching from this point, they drank spirits from each other's nothers. scott walker improperly fired the union security guys, brought in wackenhut instead. took $5 off the wages, slashed benefits. wackenhut hired a man with a criminal record who had done jail time and put him in charge of security at milwaukee courthouses and other city buildings. now because the courts ruled that mr. walker did all of that improperly under the very transparent cover of a ginned up financial emergency, sound familiar? milwaukee is locked into paying double right now for a service it already has. the old union security guards are back, and they still have wackenhut on the job as well. the journal sentinel noting that none of the annual savings mr. walker promised from his union busting in milwaukee
for the force he used against his own people. if you've heard rumors about u.s. war ships positioning themselves closer to libya, you heard right. the amphibious assault ship and the aircraft carrier the u.s.s. enterprise are in the neighborhood. nobody knows if there will be a no fly zone for them to enforce or what other military action may be ahead either by the united states or by the international community more broadly. today the gadhafi regime on the one hand used troops and special forces to attack an oil refinery and two cities close to tripoli. they sent fighter jets to bomb sites in eastern libya. on the other hand the colonel himself told abc that libyans love him. he says the people of libya love him so he has no plans to step down. also, he is bombing them. also he can't step down he says because he is not even really technically the president or king or anything so what would he be stepping down from? his colonelship? delusions, civil war, ukrainian nurses, or not, the forecast for moammar gadhafi's future as the leader of libya looks to be short and brutal. we will keep you poste
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a point on that. >> we also have to think about frankly the use of the u.s. military in another country in the middle east. >> another one, in addition to the others. military force is not defense or even defense. it's military force, planes, guns, war ships, ammunition, force with a capital f. as much as our country wants to stop what gadhafi is doing in libya, the pentagon is telling congress the military force options for doing that are not good options. joining us now, nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel live in the capitol of tripoli. richard, thank you very much for joining us. are you safe and sound out there? >> we're actually very much in the eye of the storm. it is a very surreal situation in tripoli. there's almost an environment like people are pretending the war doesn't happen here, shops are open, people are going to work. the internet is working, phones are up. it is a different reality from rebel held libya. so right in the capitol, there are troops and armors rigging the city. but when you get to the middle of it, it feels very calm. >> in tripoli tonight, sho
but a macaca life. 58-year-old george felix allen has been elected congressman, governor, and u.s. senator from the commonwealth of virginia, flaunting racial attitudes and symbols from the '80s, 1880s. young allen started early. it was reported he had always been attracted to the notion of the old confederacy driving around in high school in california with a confederate flag on his car. he posed for his high school year book wearing a confederate pin on his collar. duke? no. hazard? most definitely. from then on throughout his legal and political career allen just kept on whistling dixie. like allen hung a noose from a tree in his law office. a noose. allen claimed it was more of a lasso and has nothing to do with lynching. he pictured the confederate stars and bars in his first campaign ad for governor of virginia. he signed a confederate heritage month proclamation that described the civil war as a four-year struggle for independence and sovereign rights. and nothing else. he opposed creating a holiday for martin luther king and opposed the 1991 civil rights act. when he was governor allen
humanitarian assistance to the libyan border region, including u.s. military aircraft to fly home foreigners who fled into neighboring tunisia but then got stuck there. today the refugees at this camp in tunisia passed the time by playing soccer. this was ghana versus nigeria. the country of spain flew some of the refugees, egyptians, home to cairo today. meanwhile, the violence the refugees have been fleeing has continued. in the central part of the country fighter jets again bombed the rebels today as the rebels and gadhafi's ground troops fought for control of brega's oil facilities. generally speaking, reports from libya indicate that rebels have been holding ground when gadhafi's forces have been trying to take that ground back. that is not a good sign for the dictator. when you are the dictator, when you're supposedly in charge and you pick a military fight with a leaderless resistance, that is a fight you should expect to win. but gadhafi has not been winning. the rebels appear to be mourning their dead when people are killed and then replacing them with even greater numbers of fighte
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